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Child Care Leader Salary

Child Care Leaders in the United States can expect wages of $10.19 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $7.79 per hour on the lower end to $13.48 on the higher end. Nearly one-third get medical and dental insurance, and close to a seventh get vision plans, too. There are far more female Child Care Leaders who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 87 percent. Most Child Care Leaders are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,034 - $45,958
(Median)
$23K
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$46K
MEDIAN: $30,229
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$7.79 - $13.48
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,034 - $45,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $197.27  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,551 - $32,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.79 - $13.48  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $197.27  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,551 - $32,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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Job Description for Child Care Leader

A child care leader works at a child care center and coordinates the daily operations of the center. The child care center may be an after-school program for younger children or a day care center for infants and toddlers. The child care leader will make sure that administrative duties are carried out and that the children are well taken care of.

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Child Care Leader Tasks

  • Prepare for daily activities before children’s arrival, clean and organize the room at the end of the day.
  • Engage in regular communications with parents regarding their children and school curriculum.
  • Teach and monitor groups of children, ensure their safety, enforce rules, and resolve conflicts.
  • Make sure health and safety regulations are met, including participating in emergency drills and filling out injury reports.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Leader


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Child Care Leaders might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Director of Child Care, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $32K per year. Going from Child Care Leader to Preschool Teacher is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $24K. Many others choose to work as Daycare Teachers, where pay is typically $20K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Leader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $21K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $23K. For Child Care Leaders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $27K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Child Care Leader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 67%